Private Plan Change 13 – Te Rapa Racecourse: further submissions

Closed 28 Apr 2023

Opened 13 Apr 2023


Private Plan Change 13 – Te Rapa Racecourse was open for submissions in February and March this year. A summary of submissions and copies of original submissions are now available and you can make a further submission. (Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to Related heading to view these documents.)

Waikato Racing Club Incorporated have requested a change to Hamilton’s District Plan to rezone around 6ha of the Te Rapa Racecourse to allow for housing. The land is no longer required to operate the Club and provides an opportunity to contribute more housing to the city.

The key changes include:

  • Changing the zone from Major Facilities to Medium Density Residential to allow for a mix of housing.
  • Change the zone from Major Facilties to Industrial for 1100m2 along Te Rapa Road to Industrial Zone.
  • Identifying some of the site as a low flood hazard area.
  • Adding additional rules to help manage potential noise effects from the racecourse on future housing.
  • Adding landscaping requirements around the future industrial-zoned sites.

What is a further submission?

A further submission can either support or oppose another person’s submission. However, you can’t raise new issues. It provides an opportunity to assess the effect an original submission may have on you, and have your views considered.

You do not need to have made an original submission to make a further submission. 

Note to person making further submission:

You must serve a copy of your further submission on the original submitter within five working days after it is served on the local authority. 

Please note that your submission (or part of your submission) may be struck out if the authority is satisfied that at least 1 of the following applies to the submission (or part of the submission):

  • it is frivolous or vexatious
  • it discloses no reasonable or relevant case
  • it would be an abuse of the hearing process to allow the submission (or the part) to be taken further
  • it contains offensive language
  • it is supported only by material that purports to be independent expert evidence, but has been prepared by a person who is not independent or who does not have sufficient knowledge or skill to give expert advice on the matter.

What's next?

After further submissions a report will be prepared on the proposed changes and a hearing date will be set. Any submitters and further submitters who wish to be heard will be notified of this date.

After the hearing, the commissioners will make their recommendations and we’ll let all submitters and the public know the outcome.